Did you know there is a video production company you can rent to create a television show, commercial, or movie short in Northern Virginia? I would have never known that except for the fact that a retired friend of mine introduced me to Thunderbolt Studios. They are phenomenal and I watched them build the place up from nothing. What is really cool is that the place is always being built. Whatever you need they will do in the studio to make your set fit you.
I had the opportunity to present a “sizzle reel” of my accomplishments to a cable network interested in pimping me out in the outdoor spaces. Thunderbolt worked with me and created this video.
The cable network thing didn’t work out, (thank God) but I have this video to share with you. These guys are my friends. They are trusted, pro-rights folks, as well.
If I ever get anything going and need a studio, BOOM.
ThunderShot Studios is a great video production company that owns a huge video production studio right in the Washington, DC area. We deliver creative and technical video and film productions from concept to completion.
VIDEO AND FILM PRODUCTION TYPES
Explainer videos and infographics
Internal communications including training
Films that drive global influence and awareness
Public service announcements and commercials
Multicamera panel shows / talk shows
SPECIALIZED PRODUCTION SERVICES
Premiere rental studio for video and film
Jimmy Jib camera crane services
Concept development and scriptwriting
Videography (in studio and on location)
Postproduction editing and sound sweetening
Graphics and animation
Webcasts, streaming, and broadcasting services
They built and operate one of the best video production studios in the US—right in the Washington, DC area!
Their team has won multiple Emmy Awards, Telly Awards, and many other industry accolades.
Their team has 25+ years of experience in service to the government and various contractors including the FDIC, GSA, DOD, FDA, SAMSHA, Smithsonian Institution, Army, Navy, and Marines, just to name a few.
Their team has also helped to create video productions for Fox News Channel, CNN, ESPN, NBC, ABC, CBS, HBO, Discovery Channel, TLC, Bravo, and Animal Planet, just to name a few.
Their great at coaching ordinary “non-video” professionals to be comfortable and confident on camera. They also use specialized lighting to give everyone who comes in front of our cameras that “presidential” glow.
Here’s a coat you need the next time you go to SHOT Show. especially at Media Day at the range. It is light, comfortable, and can carry your concealed firearm. It even has locking zippers. It’s the Concealed carry men’s caliber Elite Parka from undertechundercover.com I really like it. I give it 5 Stars.
The hood detaches in the back if you don’t want to wear it. It’s more professional looking and non-tactical operator looking than most. Feels good.
Every year a day before the actually National Shooting Sports Foundations’ Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show they have a special day out at the Boulder City Gun Club in Nevada, called Media Day at the Range. It’s a highly coveted day where at least 100 vendors, and gun companies allow the media, traditional journalist and new media folks like me, (bloggers, podcasters and Youtubers) shoot and handle new stuff.
Not everyone that applies for this event gets to go.
The weather out in the gigantic space is usually colder than you would think Nevada would be. Sometimes its pleasant. Sometimes its butt ugly cold. I have been there as snowflakes fell. It has always been the best part of the trip though because all the who’s who of new media is there.
This jacket is perfect for that occasion. Big thanks to Tammy and Lenny for letting me review this parka.
This week on the BMWAG show podcast I share the history of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, Andrew Branca returns with his segment on the Law of Self Defense, my cohost Monster, aka Michael Woodland, talks about a guy that responded to the tragedies by destroying his rifle. There was a tragic shooting in Florida and as a result the gun control people are on a roll. I share where I was last week.
This weekend is the premier of the Disney movie, Black Panther. a radically different kind of comic-book movie, one with a proud Afrocentric twist, featuring a nearly all-black cast, that largely ignores the United States and focuses instead on the fictional nation of Wakanda — I loved it. It had a little Lion King in it… It was one of Marvels best adaptations. But back in the day…
Around February 1981, while stationed in Camp Pendleton California, a engineer base in San Mateo, a young Marine Lance Corporal named Blanchard got into trouble and called a r”acist, a militant, a subversive” for reading the history of the Black Panther Party.
Here’s the history.
The Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO), also known as the Black Panther Party, was started in 1965 under the direction of Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) activist Stokely Carmichael. In 1965, Lowndes County in Alabama was 80% black but not a single black citizen was registered to vote. Carmichael arrived in the county to organize a voter registration project and from this came the LCFO. Party members adopted the black panther as their symbol for their independent political organization.
More than half of the African American population in Lowndes County lived below the poverty line. Moreover, white supremacists had a long history of extreme violence towards anyone who attempted to vote or otherwise challenge all-white rule. Lowndes County Freedom Organization members didn’t simply want to vote to place other white candidates in office. Instead they wanted to be able to vote for their own candidates.
White voters in Lowndes County reacted strongly to the LCFO. In many instances, whites evicted their sharecroppers, leaving many blacks homeless and unemployed. Whites also refused to serve known LCFO members in stores and restaurants. Small riots broke out with the local police often firing only on blacks during these confrontations. However, the LCFO pushed forward and continued to organize and register voters. In 1966, several LFCO candidates ran for office in the general election but failed to win. While their attempt was unsuccessful, the LCFO continued to fight and their goal and motto of “black power” spread outside of Alabama.
The movement spread all over the nation. Two black Californians, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, asked for permission to use the black panther emblem that the Lowndes County Freedom Organization had adopted, for their newly formed Black Panther Party. The Oakland-based Black Panther Party became a much more prominent organization than the LCFO. Thus few people remember the origins of this powerful symbol with impoverished African Americans in a central Alabama County.
The Black Panthers, dressed in black berets and black leather jackets, organized armed citizen patrols of Oakland and other U.S. cities. At its peak in 1968, the Black Panther Party had roughly 2,000 members. The organization later declined as a result of internal tensions, deadly shootouts and FBI counterintelligence activities aimed at weakening the organization.
Founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale met in 1961 while students at Merritt College in Oakland, California.
They both protested the college’s “Pioneer Day” celebration, which honored the pioneers who came to California in the 1800s, but omitted the role of African Americans in settling the American West. Seale and Newton formed the Negro History Fact Group, which called on the school to offer classes in black history.
They founded the Black Panthers in the wake of the assassination of black nationalist Malcolm X and after police in San Francisco shot and killed an unarmed black teen named Matthew Johnson.
Originally dubbed the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, the organization was founded in October 1966. The Black Panthers’ early activities primarily involved monitoring police activities in black communities in Oakland and other cities.
As they instituted a number of social programs and engaged in political activities, their popularity grew. The Black Panthers drew widespread support from urban centers with large minority communities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. By 1968, the Black Panthers had roughly 2,000 members across the country.
Newton and Seale drew on Marxist ideology for the party platform. They outlined the organization’s philosophical views and political objectives in a Ten-Point Program.
The Ten-Point Program
1.We Want Freedom. We Want Power To Determine The Destiny Of Our Black Community.
2.We Want Full Employment For Our People.
3.We Want An End To The Robbery By The Capitalists Of Our Black Community.
4.We Want Decent Housing Fit For The Shelter Of Human Beings.
5.We Want Education For Our People That Exposes The True Nature Of This Decadent American Society. We Want Education That Teaches Us Our True History And Our Role In The Present-Day Society.
6.We Want All Black Men To Be Exempt From Military Service.
7.We Want An Immediate End To Police Brutality And Murder Of Black People.
8.We Want Freedom For All Black Men Held In Federal, State, County And City Prisons And Jails.
9.We Want All Black People When Brought To Trial To Be Tried In Court By A Jury Of Their Peer Group Or People From Their Black Communities, As Defined By The Constitution Of The United States.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
The Black Panthers were part of the larger Black Power movement, which emphasized black pride, community control and unification for civil rights.
While the Black Panthers were often portrayed as a gang, their leadership saw the organization as a political party whose goal was getting more African Americans elected to political office. They were unsuccessful on this front. By the early 1970s, FBI counterintelligence efforts, criminal activities and an internal rift between group members weakened the party as a political force.
The Black Panthers did, however, start a number of popular community social programs, including free breakfast programs for school children and free health clinics in 13 African American communities across the United States.
The Black Panthers were involved in numerous violent encounters with police. In 1967, founder Huey Newton allegedly killed Oakland police officer John Frey. Newton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 1968 and was sentenced to two to 15 years in prison. An appellate court decision later reversed the conviction.
Eldridge Cleaver, editor of the Black Panther’s newspaper, and 17-year old Black Panther member and treasurer Bobby Hutton, were involved in a shootout with police in 1968 that left Hutton dead and two police officers wounded.
Conflicts within the party often turned violent too. In 1969, Black Panther Party member Alex Rackley was tortured and murdered by other Black Panthers who thought him a police informant.
Black Panther bookkeeper Betty Van Patter was found beaten and murdered in 1974. No one was charged with the death, though many believed that party leadership was responsible.
The Black Panthers’ socialist message and black nationalist focus made them the target of a secret FBI counterintelligence program called COINTELPRO.
In 1969, the FBI declared the Black Panthers a communist organization and an enemy of the United States government. The first FBI’s first director, J. Edgar Hoover, in 1968 called the Black Panthers, “One of the greatest threats to the nation’s internal security.”
The FBI worked to weaken the Panthers by exploited existing rivalries between black nationalist groups. They also worked to undermine and dismantle the Free Breakfast for Children Program and other community social programs instituted by the Black Panthers.
In 1968, Chicago police gunned down and killed Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, who were asleep in their apartment.
About a hundred bullets were fired in what police described as a fierce gun battle with members of the Black Panther Party. However, ballistics experts later determined that only one of those bullets came from the Panthers’ side.
Although the FBI was not responsible for leading the raid, a federal grand jury later indicated that the bureau played a significant role in the events leading up to the raid.
The Black Panther Party officially dissolved in 1982.
I have learned many things about American history. It’s not always pretty. I do not romanticize it. The purpose of history is to learn from it so we won’t make the same mistakes again. We are living longer, so we might as well live better. Go forward my friends…
On Christmas Day 1951, Harry T. Moore and his wife, Harriette, had just finished celebrating their silver anniversary when a bomb blew up their home in Mims, Fla. The explosion killed the couple, and they became the first martyrs from civil rights movement the 1950s. For seventeen years, in an era of official indifference and outright hostility, the soft-spoken but resolute Moore traveled the back roads of the state on a mission to educate, evangelize, and organize. On Christmas night in 1951, in Mims, Florida, a bomb placed under his bed ended Harry Moore’s life. His wife, Harriette, died of her wounds a week later. And I bet you have never heard of it.
On this, the 555th episode of the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast I share the history of the US Army 54th Colored Regiment Unit. For those that like to hear good guys with guns story I have some this week for you. Introducing Andrew Branca of the Law of Self Defense Podcast this week. And I have a little monologue about my son, the state of Maryland and how do you get a gun in Maryland.
The 54th Massachusetts Infantry was formed January 26, 1863
History of Company B,
Organized at Readville and mustered in May 13, 1863. Left Boston on Steamer “De Molay” for Hilton Head, S. C., May 28, arriving there June 3.
Attached to U. S. Forces, St. Helena Island, S. C., 10th Army Corps, Dept. of the South, to July, 1863. 3rd Brigade 1st Division, Morris Island, S. C., 10th Army Corps, July, 1863. 3rd Brigade, Morris Island, S. C., to August, 1863.
4th Brigade, Morris Island, S. C., to November, 1863. 3rd Brigade, Morris Island, S. C., to January, 1864. Montgomery’s Brigade, District of Hilton Head, S. C., to February, 1864. Montgomery’s Brigade, District of Florida, February, 1864. 3rd Brigade, Ames’ Division, District of Florida, to April, 1864. Folly and Morris Islands, S. C., Northern District, Dept. South, to October, 1864. 1st Separate Brigade, Dept. South, to November, 1864. 2nd Brigade, Coast Division, Dept. South, to February, 1865. 1st Separate Brigade, Northern District, Dept. South, to March, 1865. 1st Separate Brigade, District of Charleston, S. C., Dept. South, to June, 1865. 3rd Sub-District, District of, Charleston, Dept. South Carolina, to August, 1865.
SERVICE — At Thompson’s Plantation near Beaufort, S. C., June 4-8, 1863. Moved to St. Simon’s Island June 8-9. Expedition up Altamaha River June 10-11. At St. Simon’s Island June 12-24. At St. Helena Island June 25-July 8. To Stono Inlet July 8. Expedition against James Island July 9-16. Affair Legaresville July 13. Secessionville July 16. Moved to Morris Island July 16-18. Assault on Fort Wagner July 18. Siege operations against Forts Wagner and Gregg, Morris Island, July 18-September 7, and against Fort Sumter and Charleston September 7, 1863, to January 28, 1864. Capture of Forts Wagner and Gregg September 7, 1863. Moved to Hilton Head, S. C., January 28, 1864. Expedition to Jacksonville, Fla., February 5-7. Capture of Jacksonville February 6. Expedition to Lake City, Fla., February 7-22. Battle of Olustee February 20. Duty at Jacksonville till April 17. Moved to Morris Island April 17-18. Duty on Morris and Folly Islands, S. C., till November, 1864. Expedition to James Island June 30-July 10. Actions on James Island July 2, 9 and 10. Six Companies in charge of rebel prisoners under fire of Charleston Batteries September 7 to October 20. Eight Companies moved to Hilton Head, November 27. (Cos. “B” and “F” at Morris Island till February, 1865.) Expedition to Boyd’s Neck, S. C., November 29-30. Boyd’s Landing November 29. Battle of Honey Hill November 30. Demonstration on Charleston Camp; Savannah Railroad December 6-9. Moved to Graham’s Neck December 20. Connect with Sherman’s Army at Pocotaligo, S. C., January 15, 1865. March to Charleston January 15-February 23, skirmishing all the way. (Cos. “B” and “F” occupy Charleston February 18.) Regiment on duty at Charleston February 27 to March 12. At Savannah, Ga., March 13-27. At Georgetown, S. C., March 31-April 5. Potter’s Expedition to Camden April 5-25. Seven Mile Bridge April 6. Destruction of Eppes’ Bridge, Black River, April 7. Dingle’s Mills April 9. Destruction of Rolling Stock at Wateree Junction April 11. Singleton’s Plantation April 12. Statesburg April 15. Occupation of Camden April 17. Boykin’s Mills April 18. At Georgetown April 25. Duty at Georgetown, Charleston, and various points in South Carolina April 25 to August 17. Mustered out at Mount Pleasant, S. C., August 20, 1865. Discharged at Boston, Mass., September 1, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 5 Officers and 104 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 160 Enlisted men by disease. Total 270. http://www.54thmass.org/regiment-history
And as promised more information on the Return of the Urban Shooter, Gun Ownership in Maryland. How do you start the process of getting a pistol in the state of Maryland? (HQL) Inspired by my son’s new desire to shoot.
Question: Do I change the name of the show back to the Urban Shooter Podcast, or leave it as the “Black Man With A Gun Show”
A few years ago, I met this US Army guy named Michael. Like Nightwing to the Batman, he is working on becoming MORE awesome as he partners with me. Michael J. Woodland is pushing me into the 22nd century with video. Here we are live this week. Look for us to travel, shoot and meet you in 2018.
As the Christmas season ended and we were all looking forward to the New Year, the Black Man With A Gun website disappeared. I thought it was something simple like a company reboot or patch but that is not what happened. I had failed to see a email note billing me for three years. Well, I did see it but thought it was a hoax.
It was real. I lost all my sites actually. And I thought, maybe it’s a sign of the time. When is the last time you have visited the Black Man With A Gun website? See? So, with the exception of 600 plus pictures and the post from David Cole, I didn’t care. Losing Dave’s stuff hurt. But, this is the rebuild. The podcast is still going strong and Michael J. Woodland and I are making plans to do something cool in 2018 on blackmanwithagun.tv. I am going to get my post back one by one.
This year I plan to do a lot more training, shooting and video work. I’m still not feeling some of the newer guys in this community but trying not to be a hater. They have their audiences and we got each other. This show is still for the cool people in the gun community. We are mature and established. We have guns older than most of these Johnny Come lately’s with the profanity spewing but social media savvy, but I digress.
What gun are you going to master this year? I know you have a couple. Which one are you going to invest the time and money in to learn, practice with and become life saving proficient with? You are going to have to take some training with a good instructor. One that will show you if your gear is right. One that is experienced talking and teaching. One that is not on a ego trip. One that he or she themselves is still learning. And one that can challenge you. One that could stand up in court as an expert witness and defend his or her training plan. There are a lot of former bad a@@ training folks today but not all of them are worth their salt.
I have two vacancy announcements. I am looking for two people to review gear, training and guns for the Black Man With A Gun blog. If you want to write, video or be a part of the podcast, call me. I am moving more toward ministry and producing other people’s podcasts in the new year and want to share the love.
What would happen after you got started is that I would be able to get you gear and guns to review. You’d have to do the heavy lifting, FFL’s, writing and recording but I’d share your stuff but you’d benefit from it. You’d go to shows, and events on behalf of the Black Man With A Gun too. It’s a big deal to me. I’d have to trust you with a brand that has taken twenty years to make. So I have to be careful who I select BUT if you know me, and have been a long time listener I probably know you too.
SHOT show is coming up. If you are going and see something cool that would be good for others in our community to know about will you do a write up, take photos or narrate a video? Even if you didn’t want to do it full time, we would appreciate the insight and sharing.
Listen Happy New Year and thank you for listening to the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast. In response to feedback that you liked when I did a little history, I am going to share some bullet points of the history of slavery in America up until the Emancipation Proclamation. There was a old celebration of freedom that has been perverted called “Watch Night.” It involved my ancestors and I want to share that with you. Michael J. Woodland, talks about cleaning your rifle and you might here a few other things in this one.
By the President of the United States of America: A Proclamation. Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit: “That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom. “That the Executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that any State, or the people thereof, shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such State shall have participated, shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State, and the people thereof, are not then in rebellion against the United States.” Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief, of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days, from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit: Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans) Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth[)], and which excepted parts, are for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued. And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons. And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages. And I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service. And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington, this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-seventh. By the President: ABRAHAM LINCOLN WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.